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you're not going to stop criminals. >> the argument is still going on and very vociferous between those that want to sell the rifles and those on the receiving end of the carnage they cause. i want to thank all of my guests. it is a crucial debate. i am not pretending i am right about it all and i respect everyone's opinion and something as the president said has to change to stop the slaughter of innocent americans. enough, surely is enough. enough surely is enough. from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, this is "early start weekend," here we go.
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it was ten days until new year's and all through d.c. not a deal was stirring, despite every plea. more guns, that's the nra's solution for preventing another school massacre. all morning long, we put gun control in focus. you know when your mind is stressed out, but what about your body? an nba cheerleading coach shows us how to stay relaxed during the holidays. it is saturday, december 22nd, good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. and yes, we are still here. and days before christmas, the airports have been packed while some highways are near empty. all signs of the severe weather in the midwest that is now heading east. the system that caused this blizzard in iowa and wisconsin
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traveled through ohio and is now hitting pennsylvania and upstate new york. now, there is another blizzard in the forecast, a warning is in effect right now for west virginia and north central maryland through 6:00 p.m. of course, with that severe weather can come travel delays and cancellations as millions travel for the holiday. victor blackwell is live this morning in the cleveland area. and victor, good morning, i bet you're missing your warm seat in the studio this morning. how is the weather impacting flights this morning? >> reporter: i am. i'll talk about the flight in a moment, but you know regulars know that you and i are in the ongoing negotiations over the temperature in the studio. you like it really warm, i like it to be cold almost. i would pay for some of the warmth that you always have in that studio right now. it's 30 degrees and snow on the ground. here in cleveland. >> i'll remind you of that when you're back. >> i'm sure you will. let's talk about the flights. the good news is, the faa is not
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reporting any significant delays at any of the country's major airports. green dots when you look at the map from the faa, and that means delays less than 15 minutes. here in cleveland, this storm that passed through yesterday was really more of a wind event than a snow event. you could see that the parking lot i'm standing on is just wet and there's a dusting here on the grass. and even that wind did not stop or delay any flights out of here. we know this could be a problem as we move through the day for the east coast. but let's talk about the major airport here in the midwest. chicago's o'hare also midway which is a major airport in chicago. over the past few days, hundreds of flights, 500 between the two of those airports were canceled on thursday, a few dozen more on friday. the only concern there is that those passengers who could not get on the regular flights may be delayed until today, and the thousands of thousands of people, tens of thousands of people who passed through those
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airports may have problems getting out. but as it relates to the weather and the travel, no problem so far, aaa says about 93 million people will travel 50 miles or more to head home for the holidays. so far, no major reports on the roads, but it is still early, randi. >> it sure is. i'm going to sip on my hot cup of tea, and i hope you have one, as well. keep warm, we'll check back with you. >> i'll do my best, thanks. >> thanks. and here are some of the other stories we're watching this morning. senator john kerry is in line for a new job. president obama officially nominated kerry to be the next secretary of state. he's currently the chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. secretary of state hillary clinton has said she wanted to leave the job after president obama's first term. three people have been arrested in connection with a deadly house explosion in indianapolis. blast in early november killed two people. police arrested the victim's neighbors who lived in the blown up home and one other person
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there charged with murder and arson. the lack of a fiscal cliff deal led the stock market to take a big hit on friday. you see it there, the dow was down nearly 121 points for the day. but in the end, all three key indices actually ended up slightly for the week. now, there are just ten days left to salvage a deal on the fiscal cliff where you, i, and everyone else will be paying much higher taxes. president obama is challenging congress to get it done. >> in ten days we face a deadline. in ten days under current law, tax rates are scheduled to rise on most americans. and even though democrats and republicans are arguing about whether those rates should go up for the wealthiest individuals, all of us, every single one of us agrees that tax rates shouldn't go up for the other 98% of americans, which includes
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97% of small businesses. >> let's check in now with cnn's emily schmitt in washington. the president made this surprise late appearance yesterday. he urged republicans to approve, i guess what you might consider a stripped down deal. this all happened around dinner time. so a lot of folks might not have seen it. give us the details. what is he proposing? >> well, i have to tell you, a few minutes ago, president obama landed in hawaii, 72 degrees there was the temperature on the ground. certainly warmer than it is in washington, certainly warmer than the political climate that president obama left behind here here in washington. it was a strip down agreement. he basically is saying we have to come up with some solution to help the majority of american taxpayers while we still avoid coming up with the majority of the details for what was supposed to help us avoid the fiscal cliff. it would ensure tax rates would not go up for 98% of americans, it would also ensure that unemployment benefits would be extended for about 2 million americans who would lose them otherwise if we went over the
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fiscal cliff. finally, it would work to lay the groundwork for the larger reform. so if we're looking for specific details here, not a whole lot of them. this is coming up with almost an emergency solution. we know that president obama did speak by phone with speaker john boehner yesterday, met at the white house with democrat harry reid. however, publicly what is being said sounds a whole lot like it has over the past couple of weeks, which tells us, randi, we're not exactly sure if we're going to get something worked out in the next few days. >> yeah, that's the question, of course. are we any closer? and i guess we don't really know. what about for workers? will they see any extra taxes coming out of their paychecks right on january 1st if there isn't a deal? >> you know, imagine being a payroll check processor at this point. they do not know what to do. if they are going to issue checks to people on the first week of the new year, a lot of people are expecting them to come, they have to cut those checks next week. and as of now, the irs hasn't
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told these companies how much they should be withholding taxes because they don't know because of this impasse in washington. so a lot of uncertainty about when this would start to be applied. would it be retroactively. don't know what your first paychecks could look like as a result of what's going on here. if no deal is reached, if the payroll tax holiday is not extended, people are automatically going to see 2% go up. if you make $50,000 a year, that's $83 a month less you're going to have with no deal. and that's before we talk about the rest of the fiscal cliff implications. >> that's why we're paying such close attention to it. thank you very much for the update this morning. it took a week, but the nra finally responded to the massacre in newtown, connecticut. they promised a, quote, meaningful contribution to stop similar attacks. protesters interrupted the statement twice. what's the plan for the nra? armed guards in schools. why?
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listen. >> politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> now, i want to show you some of the reactions to the nra's message. michael bloomberg has been critical of the president and congress for not tackling this subject earlier. so what did he say about the nra's plea? quote, a shameful evasion of the crisis facing our country. connecticut congressman chris murphy represents newtown. and here's his tweet after that nra speech. quote, walking out of another funeral and was handed the nra
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transcript, the most revolting tone deaf statement i've ever seen. and reaction from a gun shop in douglasville, georgia. >> i think where we're at as a country, i think that's a good idea to start from. i think from there, we should start to pare it down and develop that idea a little bit more. >> since we do have armed people whether in our courthouses or our police stations and whatnot. i definitely think our schools would be a great place to protect our children while they're there, as well. >> we're hearing reaction for and against the nra's proposal. and we want to hear from you too this morning. what do you think of the gun lobby's idea to put armed guards in schools? you can tweet me @randikayecnn. and we're remembering the victims of the newtown shooting this morning. one of our many ireporters sent in this picture of a memorial created by her 8-year-oldson
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if we're going to succeed, it's going to take a sustained effort from mothers, fathers, daughters and sons, and responsible gun owners. organizing, speaking up, calling their members of congress as many times as it takes. standing up and saying enough on behalf of all of our kids. that's how change happens. because of committed americans who work to make it happen. because of you. you've started something and now i'm asking you to keep at it. the issue of gun control has been thrust front and center in the wake of last week's shooting in newtown, connecticut. this shooting has led to calls for a new assault weapons ban and has led to president obama putting the vice president in charge of formulating the administration's response. >> here's what i think we should do. this week i called on congress to take up and pass common sense legislation that has the support for the majority of the american
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people, including banning the assault weapons and making sure criminals can't take advantage of legal loopholes to get their hands on a gun. i also tasked the vice president with leading an effort to come up with a comprehensive set of serious proposals to keep our children safe, including strengthening student safety and addressing a culture that too often glorifies guns and violence. >> we are focusing on gun control this morning. a federal assault weapons ban was first put in place back in 1994, it expired in 2004, the law in effect banned 20 different assault weapons manufactured in the u.s. also banned the manufacture of high-capacity magazines, the ones that hold more than ten bullets. there were plenty of loopholes, though, gun manufacturers could make minor modifications and then rename them, in a sense making them legal. also, there was no ban on the import of assault weapons from overseas. you see, the ban was only for american-made guns.
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any guns or high-capacity magazines manufactured before the ban could still be owned and used legally. when it comes to gun bans, the states have taken the lead. california went full speed ahead after a shooting in elementary school in stockton in 1989. they banned the manufacturer, transport, import, or sale of assault weapons, also now bans sales to felons and drug addicts and requires safety training, a ten-day waiting period and outlaws those high-capacity magazines that hold more than ten bullets. other states also limit who can own guns and guns that can be carried with or without a permit. how prevalent are they really? well, there are around 270 million guns in this country that are privately owned. about 32% of households have guns according to a study by the university of chicago's national opinion research center. but again, we're talking about the shooting at sandy hook
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elementary school. it's not the pistols, it's the assault weapons, the ones that shoot 50 to 100 bullets in just seconds. the nra was quiet in the wake of the shooting. but yesterday they ended their silence by placing blame. >> our nation's refusal to create an active national data base of the mentally ill. vicious, violent video games with names like "bullet storm," "grand theft auto," "mortal combat," and "splatter house." blood-soaked films out there like "american psycho," "natural born killers." politicians pass laws for gun-free school zones. they issue press releases bragging about them. they post signs advertising
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them. and in doing so, they tell every insane killer in america that schools are the safest place to inflict maximum mayhem with minimum risk. >> but nra executive vice president wayne lapierre also has a solution. >> does anybody really believe that the next adam lanza isn't planning his attack on a school he's already identified at this very moment? how many more copycats are waiting in the wings for their moment of fame? the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. i call on congress today to act immediately to appropriate whatever is necessary to put
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armed police officers in every single school in this nation. >> so, the nra says armed guards in school is the answer to tragedies like newtown. next hour, i'll talk with a father and a daughter in newtown who are part of a new effort there to end the violence. and we'll get their take on the nra's idea. that's at 7:15 eastern time. we also want to let you know that we did some legwork this week. we reached out to 43 senators of the incoming 113th congress who have an "a" or "a" plus rating from the nra and not one of them agreed to join us this morning to talk about this issue. not all of its members are behind what the nra is doing. check out how one member expressed his anger through an ireport sent to us. >> this isnra club card. i want to show you my tribute
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welcome back to "early start weekend," 22 minutes past the hour. a former u.s. marine imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammer was released yesterday, partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. he was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police found him with an antique shotgun. his parents say u.s. officials told him it was okay to cross the border with the gun. but mexican officials accused him of violating their law. julian assange says his website is preparing to release more than 1 million documents next year. he says they affect every country in the world.
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assange made the announcement from the ecuadorian embassy in london. british authorities say they'll arrest him if he leaves the building and possibly send him to sweden where he is wanted for substance abuse allegations. now to russia, where the country is moving to ban u.s. citizens from adopti ining russ children. criticizing the move saying, quote, we are very concerned by measures that would link the fate of orphan children to unrelated political issues. first of all, good morning. >> good morning. >> why are they doing this? what are the political issues that he's referring to. >> this is retaliation for something called the magniski act, passed earlier this year that freezes the assets of russian officials accused of human rights violations. particularly in reference to sergei magniski who was an
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anti-corruption lawyer found murdered in prison in 2009. >> we talked a lot about the case of this mother in tennessee who had adopted a child from russia, couldn't take it anymore, said he was misbehaving, i think he threatened her, sent him back, just put him on a plane. would this have anything to do with a case like that? >> definitely a contributing factor. and that was a horrific case. there was also another case of a young boy who was found in a sweltering car with the windows up left unattended by his american father who had adopted him. so there's been several incidents like that that have exacerbated the situation. but the real catalyst in the ban is the retaliation for the act. >> what will parents in the u.s. do? russia is a popular spot for them to go? >> it's a difficult one. third in american adoptions. first is china, second is
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ethiopia, third is russia. there were about 35,000 adoptions of russian children by americans since 1999. and yesterday i spoke with various adoption agencies, people who had adopted from russia, people who are hoping to. so those hoping to don't know what's going to happen. one assumes that on wednesday, the upper house of parliament will pass this, but putin has to sign it. and he said on thursday he's going to look at it very carefully, but he is furious with the americans because of this magnitski act. >> what happens if there's an adoption in process? >> it's unknown at this point. one assumes it will go through. but i spoke to people who are very anxious. and at the end of this, children waiting to be adopted. they're not quite sure yet what's going to happen. >> i know you'll keep an eye on that for us, thank you. appreciate it. well, this is going to make the holidays a lot sweeter for thousands of people. it's el gordo, or the fat one as in big fat jackpot. the world's biggest lottery.
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it has 7 antioxidants to support cell health. one a day men's 50+. it is just about half past the hour. welcome back, everyone. i'm randi kaye. thanks so much for starting your day with us. nick valencia is here in the studio with me this morning sharing stories we're watching. >> good morning, randi. if you think it's cold outside here in the united states, check out what people in central russia have been dealing with. the man's phone says it's negative 41 degrees celsius there, that's the same as negative 32 degrees fahrenheit. or so cold, watch what he can do with boiling water. check this out, randi.
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wow, back state side that brought these conditions to iowa have moved through ohio and hitting western pennsylvania and upstate new york. plus, a blizzard warning in effect for parts of west virginia and north central maryland. some forecasts predict more harsh weather is coming christmas week starting in arkansas and heading to new england bringing inches of snow. the massachusetts company linked to a deadly nationwide outbreak of fungal meningitis has filed for bankruptcy protection. they did not follow procedures for a steroid it distributed. 620 meningitis cases were reported and 39 people died after they were injected with that steroid. the company says it will establish a fund to compensate individuals and families affected. got milk? it may be more expensive to answer yes to that question in
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the new year. if a new bill isn't passed by congress, support for dairy farmers will revert to a statute that dates to 1949, essentially the government would be forced to buy milk at double the cost that could push the price for a gallon of milk to over $7. and today is the second and final round of voting on a referendum for egypt's new draft constitution. it comes one day after clashes in alexandria between supporters and opponents of president morsi. has sparked concerns over the power it creates for the president. christmas is going to come early for some lucky lottery winners. el gordo, the world's biggest lottery has a jackpot approaching $3 billion. the reports if the winning numbers were played by a group of people in northeast spain, but participants should be prepared to split the money. there's no single jackpot. instead, it's a share the wealth
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system with thousands of winners, still it works out to about $524,000 per person. and been going gangnam style? you are surely not alone. the viral hit song by south korean rapper psi is now the most watched music video of all time. that's according to billboard which says it's been viewed now more than 1 billion time. that's billion with a "b." gangnam style, indeed, you're not alone, randi. >> i'm still thinking about that water that guy in the first story the guy threw off. >> unbelievable. >> disappeared in thin air like that. i once actually fried an egg in a very hot city i used to work in in local news. >> you can also bake cookies, you know, in your car. something like that. >> i love it. thanks, nick. we'll check back with you. shifting gears now, president obama promising action on gun control and he's put vice president biden in charge of the response. but the nra has a very strong
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voice on the other side. they've got more than 4 million members and a powerful lobbying arm in washington. plus, guns are big business. you might be wondering how big. here's our christine romans. >> this is an incredibly profitable industry. background checks, that's one barometer for sales. those background checks have doubled over the past decade. as the economy has stagnated, gun sales have soared. more gun retailers than there are supermarkets and mcdonald's. profits expected to reach nearly $1 billion this year. smith and wesson, brought in $250 million in profit last year. a fast growing part of the country, high capacity magazines for ammunition. gun shops report a surge in gun demand after newtown. why?
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because, some of it is people looking to protect themselves, but also out of a fear of tighter gun control laws. in particular, gun owners worry about coming restrictions to the ar-style military rifles. gun maker stocks initially fell sharper this week, but investors say the demand for guns in america remains very strong. there are 89 guns in america per 100 residents, the highest in the world. the size and wealth of this industry cannot be overstated. >> christine romans, thank you very much. and christine will have more on the $1 billion business on guns today, on "your bottom line" at 9:30 a.m. eastern time right here on cnn. a social media misstep for instagram, why the photo sharing website backtracked after strong backlash from many of you. talk t low-cost investing. tdd#: 800-345-2550 at schwab, we're committed to offering you tdd#: 1-800-345-2550 low-cost investment options--
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so you know that picture you're really proud of that you think deserves to be in "national geographic," well, imagine it was sold for an advertisement and you never saw a dime. that was the fear from a proposal this week by instagram. let me give you the back story here. instagram, the social media app bought by facebook earlier this year for $1 billion. well, it enables users to create artsy photos on their smartphones and share them with their friends. this week it backed away after huge outrage from many of you. joining me to talk about this is nick valencia. all right, i guess they've backtracked, but what would the change have done? >> yeah, well, this is a huge
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privacy issue, randi. obviously, this company didn't have the terms of service agreement in place back in october 2010 that it had now. essentially, it would have taken your photo that you're so proud of and taken it and sold it to the highest bidder without giving you any profit at all. a lot of people are saying this is an attack on intellectual property and many people mad about this, angry about this. in fact, there's a statement out from instagram that said because of the feedback we have heard from you, we are reverting this advertising section to the original version that has been in effect since we launched the service in october of 2012, instagram has no intention of selling your photos and we never did. we don't own your photos, you do. so a little talking out of both sides of their mouth. >> there's the fact instagram would've made money, but also, of course, a privacy issue. >> i think that's what users are most upset about. let's say you have a kid and all of a sudden your 3-year-old, the beautiful photo you take of him walking on the beach, you just got back from hawaii, they could
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have taken your photos and put them up to let's say the hotel you stayed at so they could use it for marketing and advertising without letting you know. there's two sides. one side is mad about the fact they're not going to get paid, and the other saying, how can you take my photo without telling me? >> let's give our viewers, maybe they're not on instagram, i know you're not on instagram. i'm on instagram. let's give an example of how it works. okay. >> sure, you take a photo, i think we've got some photos here that we put together here from the staff. you take a photo -- >> my hawaiian trip. >> they would be able to -- and you create artsy photos of this. you put a filter on it. one of those is a valencia filter. it is, actually. but you take these photos and they would be able to grab this, snatch this, and put it on a starbucks ad. so she took that photo on her instagram. we were talking a little bit before this segment. this is another photo of a
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producer here. so these are these private, intimate moments you're sharing publicly. >> what would he be advertising there, i'm wondering? there's my cat. he can be advertising, i guess, a computer ad right there. and he didn't see a penny, trust me. >> kitty keyboard. >> there you go. >> but instagram, though, as you said, seems to have left a little bit of wiggle room, right? to revisit using these photos. >> there's a loophole and new terms of service agreement don't start until january 16th of 2013. so even if you delete your account, you can avoid those new terms of service agreement, but if you don't delete your account, those photos are susceptible and vulnerable to be used potentially in the long-term. >> because it is kind of fun. >> it's great fun. >> great to see what everybody's doing. and it really is just for photos, unlike some of the other social media. >> this is the issue with the social networking sites is that in the short-term they can use all your content, but in the long-term, long-term sustainability is how they use
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the content to try to sustain themselves financially. these social networking sites are free, things like instagram, facebook, and twitter -- >> they need the money. >> see, you were smart to wait to get on instagram. now you can get on today safely knowing your photos will not be used. >> i might wait a couple weeks. >> i'm going to follow you and see what you're up to, nick. >> thank you. oh, well, you may be stressed out for the holidays and not even realize it. fitness expert desiree nathanson is going to tell us what you can do to keep it calm and keep it moving. alli can help you lose one more by blocking some of the fat you eat. let's fight fat with alli. ♪
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good morning, atlanta. glad you're waking up with us here on "early start weekend," it's going to be a great day. a bit chilly in atlanta this morning. but it'll be a wonderful day no doubt. well, maybe you're planning to do some last-minute christmas shopping today, or perhaps you're throwing a big party this weekend or it could be you're getting ready for some travel. well, these are just some of the things that could leave you pretty stressed out during this time of the year. here to offer some help is dietetic technician and fitness
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expert desiree nathanson. good morning. >> hello, randi. >> so a lot of people are stressed out this time of year. but a lot of times your body, you think you're stressed out, but your body is telling you something different. is there some sort of -- >> related to the fight or flight syndrome. if you're about to get in a car accident or something, your heart rate is elevated, you start to breathe more heavily. that's stress. and that's what your body does when it's stressed out. so the more often you're stressed, it leads to chronic stress, which can in turn have a terrible effect on your body. >> it can affect your health, right? >> absolutely. >> you can get elevated blood pressure, it can lead to disease, diabetes. there's so many problems that stress can lead to, depression, anxiety. >> yeah. not good. >> not at all. >> none of that sounds very good. >> not at all. >> we all get stressed out, though we handle it differently. are there some techniques? i like to do yoga and do some breathing exercises. what do you suggest?
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>> many different techniques. first, you want to make sure you stay hydrated. keep your body functioning normally throughout this whole process. you want to eat well, exercise regularly. if you can't focus on those things, you want to try to stay away from sweets, because sweets, they'll make you feel good temporarily but in the long-term it'll just make the problem worse. same with alcohol. >> so what's so important about yoga, for example? the breathing is really good. just taking in deep breaths can help relieve stress. >> yoga and meditation are wonderful. a lot of people turn to prayer or meditation, it's not necessarily a miracle. it's focusing inward and calming your mind. there are a few yoga poses you can do. first, of course, is child's pose. i think a lot of people know child's pose. down on the floor on your knees and lean forward to where your chest is touching your thighs. if you're not as flexible doing this, then you can place a
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pillow or blanket between your butt and your heels so that'll help relieve that. you can also do forward bends. i love doing forward bends. even if you're not that flexible to where you can't touch your toes, you can come here and relax because, again, it's calming and focusing inward. >> i could use some of that right now. i wish i wasn't wearing a dress. >> absolutely. >> and legs of the wall is a very good restorative pose. we'll pretend i have a wall right here and you're going to lay down on your back and try to put your legs. i've got a mike pack, so you can't do it fully. >> lean them up against the wall, radio igt? >> yes, and relax. you want your tailbone up gns the wall so everything is settling down. >> that reverses gravity for a little bit? >> yeah. it's really nice. >> you mentioned blood sugar, some people eat and some people don't eat. >> yes. >> so how much does blood sugar
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play a role? >> well, when you're stressed out, it increases stress hormones, which is cortisol, and it has an affect on blood sugar. so it's going to screw with your blood sugar, and you really want to make sure you're eating regularly so you keep your blood sugar level. >> and because it's the holidays, doing good, that helps reduce stress? >> yes, absolutely. even if you smile theat a stran. but doing something nice and act of smiling and laughing alone as you just did can relieve anxiety and tension. >> i feel so much calmer. >> you should. >> even if you didn't do legs off the wall. >> i will today, for sure. thank you. >> thank you, randi. well, one of the most anticipated films out this weekend is "zero dark thirty," but some people say this fictional tale of the hunt for osama bin laden glorifies torture. our entertainment reporter has more on this. >> yeah, randi, from the
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incepti inception, the movie has been intense scrutiny, and now that it's out in limited release, the controversy only seems to be growing. three u.s. senators who have seen the movie are taking issues with special scenes where cia operatives are torturing detainees. these include dianne feinstein, carl levin, as well as republican john mccain whose own experiences as a p.o.w. in vietnam have made him an outspoken critic of torture. now, since most people have not seen the film yet, let me explain a little bit. the torture scenes, which there are more than one show cia interrogators waterboarding, humiliating, and abusing detainees. in the movie, these interrogations do result in crucial information in the search for osama bin laden. now, i would not say that the film actually glorifies torture, but the cia operatives are not squeamish about what they're doing. at a later point in the film, one of the officials complained
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about president obama's decision to stop the detainee program. now, in a letter to sony, which is the studio behind the film, the senators say that "zero dark thirty" is, quote, perpetuating the myth that torture is effective. they argue that a still classified report proves they called the coercive interrogations did not result in any information that led to bin laden's capture. here's what else they had to say in the letter. they say "zero dark thirty" is factually inaccurate. and we believe you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt of osama bin laden is not based on the facts but rather part of the film's fictional narrative. now, sony maintains they've never classified this as a documentary and stand behind the film's authenticity. they said this was a ten-year intelligence operation brought to the screen in a 2 1/2 hour film. we depicted a variety of controversial practices and intelligence methods that were used in the name of finding bin laden. now, randi, the star of the film
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actually credits the director for including these type of scenes. let's take a listen to what she had to say. >> she's such a brave film maker. because it's a historical event she wants to show as accurately as possible that includes showing intense interrogations which include torture. that's part of our history. >> the other actors in the film have maintained that this was her vision and creative version of what she believes the hunt and capture of osama bin laden was actually like. randi? >> thank you very much. in an unusual move, the acting cia director put out a statement to employees saying "zero dark thirty" is not a historically accurate film. he addressed the torture films saying some detainees did endure, quote, enhanced techniques, but that other sources were used to catch osama bin laden. well, just a few more days left in 2012. so if you missed any of the really big stories this year, we'll catch you up on 12 months
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well, we asked you this
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morning what you think about the nra's proposal to put armed guards in schools, and we're already getting a whole lot of responses on twitter. willie says it's crazy, guns in schools is demoralizing and weak. and tammy tweeted i thought about this the other day. if you know i'm armed, you are less likely to attack me. steven says it's the worst idea i've ever heard. what a terrible signal to send to u.s. youngsters. and thomas tweeted this, i think it's a great idea. the schools here have a uniformed cop at every school with no issues. and rea quoted laughable, uk and others are baffled by nra insistence guns are good. you've lost your tag land of the free. keep them coming, we will continue to check on them and read that twitter feed throughout the morning. well, the past 12 months were full of big moments, historic moments, emotional moments, and of course, some pretty funny ones too. here's a look back at the biggest stories of 2012.
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>> thank you so much. >> the crowd has gathered here. >> we want to be free people. >> the italian cruise ship capsized. >> nearly 23% on unemployment. >> joseph kony. >> viral on social media sites. >> outrage stirs social media. >> my name is sandra -- >> the affordable care act. >> legitimate rape -- >> the largest ipo in tech history. >> one article has the entire country talking. >> the president says he now believes that same-sex marriage should be legal. >> we now know the name of the suspect blamed for the movie theater shooting spree. >> shooting at the sheik temple in wisconsin. >> people have been shot in
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front of the empire state building. >> bath salts. bath salts. >> jerry sandusky sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison. >> an iconic statue honoring the late penn state football coach joe paterno is gone. >> the british people are going gaga for the diamond jubilee. >> ryan lochte. >> someone sold photographs of britain's prince harry naked dug a strip billiards game. >> what went wrong? why now? >> isaac is forcing some changes at the republican convention. >> what do you mean shut up? >> thank you. >> christopher stevens and three other embassy staff, they are dead. >> we will bring those to justice who committed these murders. >> all the effects of hurricane sandy already. >> sandy's


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